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An unlucky Streak

2010-03-27 13:01 (comments: 0)

Recently during a coaching discussion we spoke about the last tennis match and how my customer handles losses. Upon examining the situation he recognized how often he has an unlucky streak after a poor shot. One after another, the balls seem not to land as they should. What is happening? Is there something like an unlucky streak – missing luck or a higher power that negatively intervenes, or is it perhaps something else? Something that you can influence yourself?

What happens in the mind after a poor shot? Are you occupied by the thought of how poorly you just played, how you are wasting chances to win or perhaps you are envisioning all the poor shots from the past? Or are you freed from the result of the last shot and play the next ball newly, freshly, with all possibilities ahead?

I often see how successful people accept wins and thankfully “tick them off the list” but keep rewinding failures like a bad film in their head and can’t let go or “tick them off the list”. The thought of failure influences the person until the pain or the feeling of failure is so strong that they have to finally rise to the challenge. At that point they have enough motivation as well as accumulated frustration to break the cycle.

How does it look in your life? Do you have unlucky streaks, in the company or perhaps also in relationships, that you finally want to break? Do you wait until your patience is at an end or do you take luck into your own hands, shake off the failures of the past, and play again with an attitude of “volley, set, game”? An outside perspective – with the help of a coach – can bring a lot of clarity and benefits! Make the first serve and try a complimentary coaching session with me or just view the situation as it is – the last volley cannot be replayed, but the ball is fresh and full of possibilities to score the next ace!


Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Sir Winston Churchill


Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't as all. You can be discouraged by failure - or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember, that's where you will find success.

Thomas J. Watson


The birthplace of success for each person is in his Inner-Consciousness. The Inner-Consciousness will use whatever it is given. If constructive thoughts are planted positive outcomes will be the result. Plant the seeds of failure and failure will follow. And since the only real freedom a person has is the choice of what thoughts he will feed to his Inner-Consciousness he is totally responsible for the outcomes he gets.

Sidney Madwed



… what is it, that I do?


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